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Apple allegedly scrapped plans for the iPhone 5 with a larger screen months before the 4S launch

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Apple allegedly scrapped plans for the iPhone 5 with a larger screen months before the 4S launch
Apple has reportedly indeed been working on a prototype iPhone 5 with everything we've heard about it - larger screen, thin chassis with aluminum or Liquid Metal backing, 10MP camera, touch-sensitive home button area, the works.

It was allegedly scrapped about three months before the launch, since Steve Jobs concluded it's a device that will fragment the iPhone line too much. It was also eventually loaded with Siri, which was called Assistant, according to a murky source, who is reported to have played with a prototype for two weeks.

It's an interesting theory, but the reporter acknowledges that he hasn't been able to verify the claims with a second source, so for now it might be just a theory put quickly together by someone, not to mention the publication has a penchant for sensationalist stories.

source: BusinessInsider

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posted on 14 Nov 2011, 05:10 13

2. pecemaloto (Posts: 22; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)


its too fluckin early for april fool's day 'etarded jokes.....like them specs mentioned...

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 07:32 5

18. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Like everyone else said here, the next iPhone hype starts very early like weeks after the previous release until the day it releases, and all rumors would end up wrong, but since it's apple, dumb people buy.

Can't imagine iOS without that original button, so i'm guessing same button and same screen, different form...

Again.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 07:34 5

21. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Very true. This scenario reminds me of RIM and Blackberry. They're very relevant and innovative these days, aren't they?

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 08:32 3

27. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Quad Cores and they're still stuck at lagging OSs and Single Cores with no big screens.

HP should buy Rim, and use intel processors with WebOS and Meego into one. Make alliances like nokia did.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 05:10 4

3. imkyle (Posts: 1076; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I'm guessing that it will be the next iPhone. 3.5 inch screen may still be there. Only time will tell.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 09:31 4

32. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


I was really hoping for a new iPhone, but it didnt come so i took up Windows Phone and its really good!

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 22:15

50. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


haha of course! but i actually think this is super probable because all those cases and rumors seriously dont spring from absolutely nothing..

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 05:12 10

4. netizen (Posts: 58; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Sounds just like Apple (Jobs). Can't have it if it doesn't fit the cookie cutter mold.
The heck with being on the cutting edge of technology.. stick with tried and true.

Sad thing is, he is/was right. Most consumers don't want to deal with the inconvenience that comes with pushing the limits and being on the cutting edge.

Just look at all the people who lined up to buy the Iphone 4S and signed a contract for 2 more years with 3G Data speeds. They will still be using 3G speeds 3 1/2 years after the EVO 4G went on the market.... But their iphones will be puttering along flawlessly while frustrated Android Device owners deal with the frustrations of a phone that pushes the limits.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 07:28 1

16. uncman100 (Posts: 10; Member since: 19 Mar 2010)


DITTO!

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 09:29 3

31. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


true. kind of... iPhone users are for people who just want a 'smartphone' they just want it to work and don't want to experience anything new. they want something that is guarnteed, they don't want innovation or creativity. all well and good for them but ask almost anyone on xda-developers if they would switch their android for the iPhone. maybe you'll get a few but the general consensus will be a rezounsding (lol couldn't pass it up) 'HELL NO'. and idk if 'most' would describe the amount of consumers who don't want to deal with the inconvenience that comes with pushing the limits because last time i checked, there are as many if not more android users out there. now that will probably even out after a year or so of every other carrier having the iPhone but i strongly believe that android will always carry at LEAST around 50% of the popular vote. capitalism is about choices right? go anrdoid :p

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 05:36

5. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Apple made that comments to keep iPhone 5 in secret and a surprise launch date will be announce after the phone is shipped to Apple Stores.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 07:57 1

24. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


Rofl!

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 05:37 5

6. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


People need to understand Apple makes numerous prototypes that never see the light of day -- which is why it's hard to prove if Apple had worked on it or not. At the same time, Apple has a deep pipeline of products or inventions waiting for the technology to catch up. As for the reason why the larger screen iPhone was put on hold, I suspect the battery technology was just not ready yet. 4G and bigger screen means more juice, other things being equal.

Also, people think the cell phones in the US are the cutting edge, but many times they are far from the best possible phones or specs. I was reading some other website about how Motorola is launching the RAZR with 13 MP shooters in mainland China while it has only 8 MP in the US (a point lost to many android fanboys). And how one version of the RAZR might have a 4.5" screen (also with a 13 MP shooter) compared with the 4.3" screen in the states. I have always known the Japanese led with MP in cell phones -- they had 14 MP shooters for some time now. I remember reading about how the Japanese OEMS came out with 12 MP shooters almost 2+ years ago and we still debating 5 MP vs 8 MP shooters.

That is exactly what a lot of OEMs do -- they produce lots of devices or prototypes to test new technology or simply for bragging rights. When it comes to Apple, they don't play that game -- they only release something when it meets their high standards.

In summary, when the battery technology does arrive, i.e. better battery life at a reasonable price, expect Apple to incorporate it and blow people away. It's a known fact Apple has a pipeline as much as 5-years deep.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 05:48 3

7. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


In case anyone is curious, this Sony-Ericson phone the S007 has a 16.2 MP shooter. And the phone is considered "waterproof".

http://www.au.kddi.com/english/seihin/ichiran/mobilephone/s007/index.html

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 10:34

41. LordBonztie (Posts: 52; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


is this legit?

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 05:51 5

8. netizen (Posts: 58; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Your right on target as far as the most cutting edge phones being overseas. They are really pushing the limits!

I have no doubt Apple is very much cutting edge on their development of technology. I do however think that because of their high standards they have lost the lead in having products with the most "cutting edge technology" that are actually available on the market.

Their competitors have taken the technology lead in their products available on the market, along with all the downfalls that go with it that you mentioned... battery life and overall reliability.

I do think most people prefer having better battery life and their phone to work flawlessly. There are some who are willing to sacrifice those things to use the most advanced technology out there (like 4G). But I fear they are in the minority.

Having this competition is great for consumers. It pushes technology forward at a much faster pace. Every company wants to have the latest technology in their products on the market.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 07:22 2

14. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Awesome to have some grown ups around for a change with some decent points to make. It\'s a welcome change to the usual slander.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 09:39

33. Retro-touch (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


The 4.5" RAZR (MT917) in China also has a 1280 x 720 LCD screen. Why didn't they release this version. The story is here:
http://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_planning_to_launch_multiple_variants_of_razr_in_china-news-3379.php

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 10:02 1

36. McLTE (Posts: 876; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


What's with all the emphasis on MP count on the camera?

If you knew anything about camera tech, you'd understand that having a 14MP camera on these phones is NOT a good thing.. it's purely marketing because the consumers are so fixated on "bigger is better"

a good quality 5MP camera will be much better than a 14MP camera in these phones.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 16:36

47. choupino (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 May 2011)


This is a bold statement that you are making. Can you please expound a bit more on why a higher MegaPixel count is worse on a wireless device than a 5 or 8 MP camera?

I'm not being sarcastic in anyway McLTE. I really want to know. :)

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 17:12

48. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I take pics and videos of wildlife. It's for my hobby and I am not a professional - meaning I tend to point and shoot. As a general comment, more MP means more information and detail about the subject matter. When you are tracking one animal that is in a group of 300 animals, those extra MP is the difference of wasting or being productive in those 4 hours. I used to carry a digital camera, my iPod Touch 4G (which takes great HD videos) and my cell phone. Right now, I really want to carry one device plus its easier when I need to capture something unexpected. Right now the iPhone 4S with the superior optics would be a good choice but I never owned the iPhone because the screen is to small.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 15:46 1

56. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


"As for the reason why the larger screen iPhone was put on hold, I suspect the battery technology was just not ready yet. 4G and bigger screen means more juice, other things being equal."
-Then they should just join the rest of the world and make a battery that can come out and be replaced.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 20:23

57. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


"Then they should just join the rest of the world and make a battery that can come out and be replaced."

Actually, it's the other way around -- the non-Apple OEMs are adopting sealed batteries, like Motorola the RAZR, especially the better RAZRs in mainland China.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 06:00 6

9. android_hitman (unregistered)


this is the most stupid news that i recently heard. Really? how the f an iphone5 will fragment the iphone line?

what? this line?

iphone2->iphone3g->ipnone3gs->iphone4 ... really?

apple is making an \"S\" every time just to earn more money on the same product!

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 10:20 2

38. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I am guessing the reason Steve thought it would "fragment" the line is because the larger screen would create a difference in app displays.

I also think that they would love to hop on the "big screen bandwagon" but since they have been bashing large displays for so long they realize they would look dumb to change their mind now.

Who knows...

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 06:06 3

10. itsius1 (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


though people love the iphone, i still dislike its method of overprices...

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 07:59

25. Firedrops (Posts: 249; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


I feels ya bro. 4S is a whopping $300 more than the SGSII, on 2 years contract where I live.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 09:46 1

34. Retro-touch (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


In my country its a $400 difference between the SGS2 and the Iphone, there are no contract deals so you have to pay retail price. You can buy a laptop an SGS2 and still have change left over at that price!!!!!

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 06:26

11. rycx365 (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


I think the majority of the customers would have preferred a device with a larger screen that "fragments the iphone line" than one with a smaller one. There's a reason why android and wp7 phones are jumping to over 4.5" screens

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 14:51

44. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I think customers will benefit for having some variety of devices to choose from. Apple chooses to minimise those choses to storage size, colour or year of release. If you want more variety than this, you will currently have to consider phones from other manufacturers.

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